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Grand Daddy Of Quality - Shigeo Shingo - GoLeanSixSigma.com

Grand-Daddy of Quality: Shigeo Shingo

What do you call it when a garage door stops closing before it hits your head? The Hokey Pokey? No, a Poke-yoke! Lucky for us, Dr. Shingo baked this mistake-proofing technique into the Toyota Production System and the rest is history. This year would have marked Shigeo Shingo’s 110th birthday,…

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Grand Daddy Of Quality - Genichi Taguchi - GoLeanSixSigma.com

Grand-Daddy of Quality: Genichi Taguchi

Did Taguchi design Kimonos? He could have, if he’d spent his life working in the family Kimono business (and I’m sure they would have been stunning), but lucky for us, this quality rebel devoted a lifetime to the idea that customers deserved better. This year would have marked Genichi Taguchi’s…

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Grand-Daddy Of Quality: Mikel Harry - GoLeanSixSigma.com

Grand-Daddy of Quality: Mikel Harry

If Bill Smith was the father of Six Sigma, Mikel Harry, in his words, was the godfather. We lost Dr. Harry in 2017 but this month would have marked his 67th birthday. Dr. Harry worked with pioneer Bill Smith at Motorola to refine the Six Sigma method and spread it…

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Grand Daddy Of Quality - Joseph Juran - GoLeanSixSigma.com

Grand-Daddy of Quality: Joseph M. Juran

Dr. Juran was a Quality Man with a Quality Life, and, after celebrating 81 years, clearly a Quality marriage! Time to tip our hats to the man who pointed out that sometimes inspection costs more than the defects themselves. Huzzah! December 24th would have marked Mr. Juran’s 114th birthday -…

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Grand Daddy Of Quality - Noriaki Kano - GoLeanSixSigma.com

Grand-Daddy of Quality: Dr. Noriaki Kano

Did you know Dr. Kano was a student of Dr. Ishikawa? Did you know Dr. Kano was still with us? Does he know everyone still uses the Kano Model? Would that be a delighter for Dr. Kano? Inquiring minds want to know! This November marks Noriaki Kano’s 78th birthday (we’re…

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Grand Daddy Of Quality - Dr. W. Edwards Deming - GoLeanSixSigma.com

Grand-Daddy of Quality: Dr. W. Edwards Deming

“Don’t rule by fear,” “Stop inspection,” “Remove silos” and "Clarify your purpose.” Dr. Deming’s principles are as applicable today as they were when he was alive. He challenged managers to rule without fear, without targets or quotas and focus instead on setting the stage for pride of workmanship. What workplace…

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Grand Daddy Of Quality - James Womack - GoLeanSixSigma.com

Grand-Daddy of Quality: James Womack

The Lean Enterprise Institute is coming up on it’s 20th Anniversary which means founder James Womack must be proud! We know he’s proud of his of meeting his daily goal of 10,000 steps. Time to celebrate the nonprofit LEI and its generous founder - Happy Birthday to both of you!…

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Grand Daddt Of Quality - John Shook - GoLeanSixSigma.com

Grand-Daddy of Quality: John Shook

He’s in Lean. He’s all Shook up! Musical puns aside, John Shook recently did a good job of connecting Lean to Baseball which ties together two of America’s favorite past times. Okay, Lean my not have risen to “favorite” yet, but John Shook is working on it! We don’t actually…

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Grand Daddy Of Quality - Henry Ford - GoLeanSixSigma.com

Grand-Daddy of Quality: Henry Ford

Did you know that the secret behind “any color as long as it’s black” was that Henry Ford figured out black paint dried faster? Did you know that Kingsford Charcoal originated from when Ford burned the pallets transporting his raw materials? Did you know he identified 2 of the eventual…

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Grand Daddy Of Quality - Vilfredo Pareto - GoLeanSixSigma.com

Grand-Daddy of Quality: Vilfredo Pareto

What’s the secret Quality connection between Italy and Japan? The Pareto Chart! Signore Pareto provided the visual for his 80/20 rule and Dr. Ishikawa included it in his 7 Basic Quality Tools. Voila! (that’s French) An international pairing was born to help pave the problem solving path. Vilfredo Pareto was…

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